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Okay Temiz


In Istanbul in 1939, Okay Temiz’s mother not only gave him the gift of life, but the gift of music. He has since dedicated his life to sharing that gift with the world. Music has been playing in his DNA since birth, being inspired as a child by his mother, Naciye Temiz, who was classically trained in Turkish music. With her encouragement, he studied percussion and tympani at the State Conservatoire of Classical Music in Ankara. On launching his professional musical career in 1955, Okay continued his studies at the Tophane Art Institute. where he acquired the musical knowledge and skills that enabled him to create his own drums and percussion instruments with unique sounds and features. He now has a wide collection of self-made ethnic and electronic instruments, including a hand-made copper drum kit, the Magic Pyramid and Artemiz, which he constructed using camel and sheep bells. These add a unique and transformative quality to his accomplished musicianship and distinctive style.


Drummer of Two Worlds

Label: Caz Plak
Released: 2024
Track listing: Eastern Breeze; Penguin; Galaxy Nine; Şavşat Barı; Repercussions; Drummer of Two Worlds; Sipsi; Ocean Roller; Fantasia Drive.


News: Recording

Caz Plak Reissues Okay Temiz's Landmark Album, 'Drummer Of Two Worlds'

Caz Plak Reissues Okay Temiz's Landmark Album, 'Drummer Of Two Worlds'

One of Turkish Jazz's most sought-after and sampled records is coming back to life. Caz Plak's partnership with notable jazz drummer Okay Temiz reaches a third stage with the long-awaited reissue of his landmark album, Drummer of Two Worlds. Initially released in Turkey, Scandinavia, and the United States in 1980, Caz Plak's modern reintroduction of a ...


The ORTF Recordings Paris 1971

Label: Caz Plak
Released: 2023
Track listing: 1. Okay’s (Okay Temi̇x’s); 2. Dollar’s (Dollar Brand’s).


Article: Album Review

Okay Temiz: Okay Temiz’s Oriental Wind Live at Montreux Jazz Festival 1982

Read "Okay Temiz’s Oriental Wind Live at Montreux Jazz Festival 1982" reviewed by Matthew Hutchison

The six-plus decade resume of Okay Temiz is a landscape snapshot of someone who made the most of their professional opportunities from different angles. A sliver of the performance side has brought him partnerships with American jazz giants Don Cherry, Dexter Gordon, Art Taylor and Clark Terry, along with an array of established European and South ...


Okay Temiz’s Oriental Wind Live at Montreux Jazz Festival 1982

Label: Caz Plak
Released: 2022
Track listing: Surf On Nile; Moon; North Of Map; Saxophone In A Tunnel.


Article: In Pictures

Skopje Jazz Festival 2021 Tempting As Always

Read "Skopje Jazz Festival 2021 Tempting As Always" reviewed by Ziga Koritnik

A collection of photos from the Skopje jazz festival in Skopje, North Macedonia from October 20, 2021 to October 24, 2021 featuring Mats Gustafsson, Linda May Han Oh and Fabian Almazan, Greg Ward, Ziv Ravitz, Tania Giannouli, Andreas Polyzogopoulos, Jakob Bro, Mark Turner, Jorge Rossy, Thomas Morgan, Yordan Kostov, Yaping Wang, L.U.M.E., Moor Mother, Dudu Kouate, ...


Article: Unsung Heroes

Remembering Turkish pianist and trombonist Elvan Araci

Read "Remembering Turkish pianist and trombonist Elvan Araci" reviewed by Francesco Martinelli

As far as I can see only Turkish media published news about the loss of Turkish pianist and trombonist Elvan Aracı, 66, in Stockholm. From 1977 to 1999 Aracı lived in Sweden where he notably collaborated with Muvaffak `Maffy` Falay, Okay Temiz and Bernt Rosengren, notably in Maffy Falay's sextet with Rosengren, Åke Johansson on piano, ...


Article: Building a Jazz Library

Jazz From Around the World: Asia

Read "Jazz From Around the World: Asia" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Asia is the most culturally and ethnically diverse continent. It is, therefore, hard to distill all its jazz influenced musical legacies into 10 albums. Some countries have robust jazz scenes that, nevertheless, are fundamentally derivative of European and American styles. In other musical cultures jazz has just recently made inroads. Below are 10 historic records that ...


The Reason Why Vol. 2

Released: 2014
Track listing: Dokuz Seki/Esmerim; Adimiz Miskindir Bizim; New Track; A Lua Girou; Tamzara; Yet Again;


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